When you hear the words, Las Vegas, you think bright lights, big drinks, busy casinos and let’s face it, a never-ending, party-like atmosphere. One thing that doesn’t necessarily spring to mind? Babies.
Nevertheless, it was actually a baby shower that brought me to Sin City. Upon first receiving the invitation to Chanel’s baby shower, I immediately powwowed with “The Girls.” We ultimately decided the best thing to do would be to tell Chanel we couldn’t make it. I mean it’s a bit of a trip from NYC, we all work, and of course we’d rather take the time off and fly out west once there is a baby in the world that we can spoil, cuddle and coddle.
Although she was disappointed, Chanel understood. That’s when we began planning! We weren’t sure if scaring an 8-month pregnant woman half to death was healthy, but we decided to follow through with our scathingly brilliant idea anyway.
After weeks of planning, scheming and manipulating, we finally arrived to the warmest of welcomes from The Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino. We sipped champagne in the luxurious VIP Room before settling in to our beautiful Bella Suite. Our weekend digs had stunning, sweeping views of both the The Strip, and the lavish pools The Venetian has to offer.
Showered, shampooed, primped and pampered, we were all set for our first evening in Vegas! Wearing my favorite Trina Turk jumpsuit and brand new Stuart Weitzman pumps, I confidently marched down to the casino floor. Within 20 minutes my confidence was gone and so was about $100. Luckily my night was about to change!
You can’t go to Vegas without seeing a show, and boy did we pick the right one! We settled into our seats at the cabaret style venue of Baz – Star Crossed Love. This extraordinary show was a celebration, a mash-up of music, and moments from the greatest love stories imagined by famed director Baz Luhrmann. Chills ran up and down my spine and the hairs on my arms stood tall as powerful performances from Baz’s films, Romeo & Juliet, Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby unfolded before me.
After the awe-inspiring show and a few drinks we were ready for dinner! Luckily, it was a short walk from the Palazzo Theatre to db Brasserie where we were quickly transported from Vegas to Paris. Famed chef, Daniel Boulud did not disappoint. With the first bottle of wine we basically inhaled Crispy Thai Calamari and Ahi Tuna Tartare, and I’m not going to lie, I’m salivating just thinking about it. With our second bottle of wine came our entrées. My Wild California White Seabass was tender and mouth watering. It sat on a bed of braised heirloom beans, iberico chorizo, confit fennel, sauce vert, making me sufficiently full. But not too full for dessert! Oh, dessert. We shared the Apple Pecan Tart which was so beautiful we almost didn’t eat it. But good thing we did, because that thing was absolutely amazing!
Exhausted and full, we rolled our way back up to the 18th floor and settled in for a good night’s sleep.
Day 2 arrived and so did the sun, so we spent the morning laying around the pool, piña coladas in hand! I haven’t visited Venice since 2006, but staying at The Venetian took me back nearly a decade. On the authentic Venetian gondolas. we floated beneath bridges, beside cafes and under balconies as our singing gondolier swept us down the Grand Canal. Yes, all of this exists inside The Venetian! Insane.
Later that night, we got on the world’s tallest ferris wheel (where I experienced a mild, ok massive, panic attack – luckily our pod had an open bar), dined on world class cuisine and topped it off with a Britney Spears’ Piece of Me concert (the boys passed on that part – their loss).
It was another great day in the desert, but the best day was still to come. Sunday arrived and it was time for the baby shower. We were all so excited, predicting how the surprise would unfold and praying no one had spilled the beans. We parked a couple of houses away so Chanel couldn’t see us falling out of the car. We aren’t the most graceful bunch. Luckily, this was a co-ed shower, so our husband’s were put on video duty, and our suspicions were confirmed – they definitely need to stick to their day jobs.
Chanel finally came to the door, stared at us for a moment processing what and who was standing before her. She suddenly backed up, put her face in her hands and started crying. Never did a best friend’s tears make me so happy! We did it! And she loved it! Her husband, Kenney, was upstairs finishing his shower, so we decided to surprise him next. Though he was stoked, there were no tears. Ugh, men!
The shower was great with lots of adult games (including a beer chugging contest) and delicious food catered by Chanel’s Dad, owner of King & I Thai Restaurant voted Reader’s Choice by The Best of Las Vegas… not to mention Kenney’s mom was frying up egg rolls as fast as we were eating them (fast)!
Kenney and Chanel joined us for dinner at In N’ Out (no west coast trip is complete without it), and returned with us to The Venetian. We sipped on Champagne (and Chanel water) and marveled at #BabyLloren kicking and tumbling around in Chanel’s belly. Chanel is my first close friends to be pregnant. It’s strange and a little scary, but so beautiful.
Las Vegas is such an amazing venue for so many of life’s momentous events. From bachelor parties to baby showers, there is truly nothing that can’t be celebrated in the Entertainment Capital of the World!
What are the most special events you’ve celebrated in Las Vegas? Would love to hear from you as we plan our next trip!
Thank you to The Venetian Las Vegas for making this trip possible. All opinions are my own, as always.